Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Best Vandy Bear? Moore declares a winner
By Jeff Dickerson
D.J. Moore was a versatile player for Vanderbilt and, unlike Jay Cutler and Earl Bennett, he played in a bowl game.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Sunday's game in Nashville, Tenn., will be a homecoming of sorts for the trio of Chicago Bears who played their college ball at Vanderbilt.
Although Jay Cutler sounded less than thrilled about his return to Nashville, telling reporters he simply looked forward to "checking on my house" that's being built, the Bears quarterback is still a big deal to the people in that area.
Cutler left Vanderbilt as the school's all-time leader in total offense (9,953 yards), touchdown passes (59), passing yards (8,697) and combined touchdowns while being the first Commodore to be named SEC Offensive Player of the Year since 1967.
Wide receiver Earl Bennett also left behind quite the legacy as he finished his three-year career at Vanderbilt as the SEC's all-time leader in receptions with 236 and a three-time All-Conference selection.
"I'm the best one to come out of Vandy," Moore said. "Just out of us here, I'm the only one who went to a bowl game. They left it up to me.
"I'm not Tim Tebow, so no statue (of me on campus is necessary). Eventually I hope to get a banner or something but no statue."
All kidding aside, Moore's accomplishments at Vanderbilt certainly stacks up against his two Bears teammates. Moore saw action on offense, defense and special teams, and he was named an All-American as a junior and was a two-time first-team All-SEC selection.
And of course, Moore played a vital role in the Commodore's winning the 2008 Music City Bowl over Boston College.